Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo, has responded to reports that former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, gave him N4billion.
Magu was on Tuesday, suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari after he was charged and detained by security operatives in Abuja on Monday.
Reports had argued that Osinbajo also allegedly gave instructions to Magu to discharge some of the recovered loots.
Magu’s travails were followed by a memo by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, in which Magu was accused of mismanaging the recovered loot and selling seized assets to associates.
But reacting, a statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, on Wednesday, described the report as fake news.
“I wrote a public letter in 2017, to the then acting president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) at a time his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, was sick on a London hospital bed.
He also said that Osinbajo has never been involved in such crooked activities.
I argued badly, with facts, figures, and data, that recovered looted funds and property, were being re-looted by the Magu-led team, who were supposed to keep the gate of our Commonwealth of safe.
He advised the President to ensure that the EFCC was protected at all cost from rot and humiliation, considering its significance to the economy as the corner-stone agency in the country’s fight against corruption.
In conclusion, he said, inundated by the wild Circulation of Fake News VP’s purported involvement in some EFCC recovery billions, calculated to confuse and formulated to smear Prof. Osinbajo’s image.